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College of Engineering and Computer Science

New faculty aim to make their mark

New energy.
Fresh perspectives. Boundless enthusiasm. Multifaceted expertise.

Meet the seven newest faculty members in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Hailing from far and near and representing each CECS department, they may have diverse experience, but they also have a lot in common: a love of teaching, a passion for research and genuine excitement about joining the CECS community. [Read More…]

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Construction Management Technology Golf Classic marks milestone


One hundred and twenty-five golfers took to the links May 14 for the tenth annual Construction Management Technology Golf Classic. The daylong event, which took place at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, attracted supporters of the CECS construction management technology program from throughout the industry, including bankers, attorneys and construction professionals, among many others. Approximately 20 volunteers from CSUN and the participating companies made sure everything ran smoothly, while a golf professional helped coordinate the event.[Read More…]

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Alumni Spotlight

Air Force veteran’s
Computer Science career


Nicholas Timinskas

Nicholas Timinskas (CS, ’09) is a living testament to the power of determination—and the quality of a CSUN education. After a stint in the Air Force and a few years as a general contractor, he decided it was time for a career change. His exposure to advanced technology in the military inclined him toward a technical field, but there was just one catch: he didn’t consider himself especially computer-literate. He had resisted computers for a long time, considering them little more than a necessary evil.

As it happens, the very fact that he knew little about computers was what drew Timinskas to them. “I needed to know more about the tools I was using every day,” he says. “It’s the same thing that led me to construction and auto mechanics. I didn’t want to be at the mercy of a contractor or mechanic.”[Read More…]

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Two decades of Industry Advisory Board leadership provide unique perspective

Vaughn Cable.<br />
Dawn Team portraits for web site.<br />
Requester: Aimee Meyer.<br />
Photographer: T. Wynne.<br />
Date: 17 April/2012<br />
Photolab order: 070915-144088

Vaughn Cable

Vaughn Cable spends his work days at Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an antenna design and communications specialist, making sure that scientists receive the data that spacecraft beam back to earth. But when it comes to CSUN and CECS, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering in 1970 and 1972, respectively, Cable doesn’t just facilitate the transmission of information; he’s an important source of it. A longtime member of the college’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB) and a part-time instructor (he teaches math modeling, random processes, electromagnetic fields and waves), he’s been sharing his insights as an industry professional with the CECS leadership since the early 1990s. For the past three years, he’s also chaired the board, which provides industry input and resources to the college, its programs and curriculum.

Cable is deeply anchored in CECS, having joined the faculty shortly after receiving his doctorate from Ohio State University. In 1978, however, with a young family to support, he left academia for a job at Hughes, later Lockheed Martin. It was while he was at Lockheed that he was approached about joining the college’s Industry Advisory Board as the company’s representative. Lockheed agreed, and so did he. He has served on the board ever since.[Read More…]

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